How to create Kafka Kerberos Java consumer

Suppose that you need to create Kafka Java consumer with Kerberos. The code will be:

public KafkaConsumer<String, String> createKafkaKerberosConsumer(String groupID) {
    Properties props = new Properties();
    props.put(ConsumerConfig.BOOTSTRAP_SERVERS_CONFIG, "localhost:3991");
    props.put(ConsumerConfig.GROUP_ID_CONFIG, groupID);
    props.put(CommonClientConfigs.SECURITY_PROTOCOL_CONFIG, "SASL_PLAINTEXT");
    props.put(SaslConfigs.SASL_KERBEROS_SERVICE_NAME, "HTTP");
    props.put(SaslConfigs.SASL_JAAS_CONFIG, kafkaJaasConfiguration());
    props.put(ConsumerConfig.KEY_DESERIALIZER_CLASS_CONFIG, StringDeserializer.class.getName());
    props.put(ConsumerConfig.VALUE_DESERIALIZER_CLASS_CONFIG, StringDeserializer.class.getName());
    return new KafkaConsumer<String, String>(props);

private String kafkaJaasConfiguration() {
    return " required " +
            "useKeyTab=true " +
            "keyTab=\"/path/to/keytab/name.keytab\" " +
            "storeKey=false " +
            "debug=false " +

You don’t need to specify Java property, because we set SaslConfigs.SASL_JAAS_CONFIG property directly to the consumer.

You just need to made changes in kafkaJaasConfiguration() method that necessary for your Kerberos configuration.

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